Sorry about the new thread but I couldn't post this under the other WDC thread already started.
I too just returned from the WDC test drive event. My thoughts:
1. Car is really fast and very good looking on the outside, in all the colors. The green/tan combo looked best to me of the five that were there.
2. I drove the sunset red non-performance and found that the performance version is not necessary. I am actually not sure why you would spend $10K on the performance version unless you are just trying to impress people. Non-perf was jaw dropping, esp when moving from 50 mph to 75mph as the torque is always-on. I am not sure I've been in anything that changes speed that fast at high-end...I can't imagine what the perf battery is like.
3. While I won't get the 160 mile pack, I believe that for short commuters the performance you'd get there is still very good - those of you who are thinking about getting the low-end version due to cost reasons are going to be pretty happy.
4. Touchscreen was easy to see in bright daylight, no issues. Backup camera is incredible but does NOT come on automatically when in reverse. So you have to reach over and hit the camera button if you want it on during backup. Lots of passenger space in the back if you are not tall.
5. I think the regen is going to be a lightning rod for many people. It takes some getting used to but I grew to like it. I really liked the concept of not using the brakes (much).
6. Car was super smooth, quiet, comfortable. Handling was exceptional, similar to BMW quality if not better. I read about the seats not having great side support but I found them to be just fine.
7. I am unlikely to need any of the optional power cords/gear that are available and I would assume many of you are like me (40 miles roundtrip a day or so, minimal road trips). If you fall into that category you don't need those things as the standard power cords take care of 110, 220, and the charging station plugs.
1. Front seat cupholders are completely useless. To have the armrest in the right spot you cannot have anything in the cupholders as the armrest moves right on top and covers them. Crazy design flaw. No other place to put a drink. The open bottom center console thingy is a junkpile waiting to happen.
2. No cupholders in the backseat at all, and no pouches on the backs of the front seats. Anyone with kids riding in the backseats they have no place at all to put anything - a drink, a handheld, a book, etc. This is really really awkward. Tesla is testing a back seat accessory that may or may not come to market. It was in one of the cars today but I was not able to see it.
3. Stereo in my test car was the upgraded version. I thought it was just so-so and I am not an audiophile. If you are, I do not think you would be happy with the base version, and you might not be that happy with the upgrade.
4. Driving pretty hard, my 7.5 mile test drive route used 13 miles of the battery range. I now expect to get low 200s per "tank" with my driving style.
5. Visibility out of the rear window was really poor. It has a low angle and I noticed significant distortion in the image - almost like a house of mirrors at a carnival.
I'm still holding onto my spot for now, no decisions made. If they solve for some of the storage issues I am probably in, if not it may make it so impractical for me that I take a pass and go get a 5-series or similar.
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